Poor People Are Mad As Hell, And They're Not Going To Take It Anymore.
Yesterday the new Poor People's Campaign, led by Rev. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, concluded 40 days of protest and civil disobedience with a rally on the National Mall. Building off of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr's original Poor People's Campaign 50 years ago, the new campaign is aimed at uniting labor leaders with activists to build a coalition of all marginalized people
“This is not a commemoration of what happened 50 years ago," Barber said in a speech a crowd of a few thousand. “This is a reenactment and reinauguration."
Traveling from all over the country, from Hawaii to Florida, people spread out over two blocks on the National Mall, and then marched on the Capitol. The event was the culmination of a 40 day campaign of nonviolent civil actions that saw activists protest at local and state legislatures to highlight some of the struggles that many of the most disenfranchised people live with on a daily basis, like polluted communities, systemic oppression and violence, voter suppression, and militarism.
"We need a poor People's Campaign so we are building one," said Harris. "Over the past 40 days we have been taking over [public offices] making it clear to our politicians that we are here."
A woman waves a flag at the Poor People's Campaign in DC on 6/23/2018
Sleeping Beauty is woke
People chanting at the Poor People's Campaign in DC on 6/23/2018
A young person cries upon hearing a veteran speak about militarism in Afghanistan.
Women celebrating 40 days of civil actions at at the Poor People's Campaign
A young girl finishes her protest sign.
Two men join hands and chant at the Poor People's Campaign
Protesters at the Poor People's Campaign in DC on 6/23/2018
Protesters at the Poor People's Campaign in DC
A family eats lunch on the steps of the Air and Space Museum while watching protesters.
A young girl holds up her protest sign.